God is a Republican…and Americans should be on their knees thanking Him

Yesterday, Jim Bakker continued to make the case that the people protesting Donald Trump are possessed by demons. Bakker told evangelist Billye Brim that he encountered “four rotten little girls” demonstrating against Trump during the president’s inauguration, asserting: “It was a possession, it’s the demons.” “What’s happening is we’ve had leaders who have opened our country to demon powers,” he said. “They have worked for the dark side, the other side. We have millions of demon-possessed people in this country now.” Brim agreed that demons were behind such anti-Trump protests such as the Women’s March on Washington and urged viewers to pray for confusion in their ranks.

Silly me; I’d always thought free speech and expression to be a cherished right guaranteed by the Constitution’s 1st Amendment. How was I to know that said freedom only applies to those who express reliably Conservative views- you know, waive the flag, pray, read from the Bible, etc.?

Until recently, I worked at Portland International airport part-time. PDX has seen a protest or two after the executive order issued by God’s Own President © banning Muslims from seven countries from entering the US. I fielded a number of indignant calls- I suspect from good, God-fearing Conservative patriots- demanding to know “How could you let them protest??”

Well, there’s this little thing I like to call the “1st Amendment,” which is an important and valued part of the Constitution (It’s awesome; you really should read it sometime, knowhutimean?). It guarantees and protects things like freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. You don’t get to prevent people from protesting because you happen to dislike what they think or the way in which they choose to express themselves.

People who protest, especially those of us who call the left side of the political spectrum home, aren’t “demon-possessed people.” We’re not “jobless” or “unAmerican” or “lacking in patriotism.” Indeed, the fact that we protest means we care deeply about what’s happening in this country, which is as much ours as it yours. America doesn’t belong to Conservatives; you don’t get to lean on your self-proclaimed moral superiority and your hatred of “Liberal crybabies” to demand that opposing voices be squelched. That’s not how democracy works. That’s not how America works.

The most amusing part of this scenario is Jim Bakker’s conviction that he’s the reasonable and sane one in the room. That’s some world-class chutzpah, even for a grifter of Bakker’s stature.

It’s bad enough the inmates now running the asylum. They’ve managed to convince themselves God gifted them the asylum as a reward for their devotion.

3 thoughts on “God is a Republican…and Americans should be on their knees thanking Him

  1. Racer X

    “America doesn’t belong to Conservatives; you don’t get to lean on your hallucinatory moral superiority”

    The amazing thing is (and I know you’ve written about this before) that these people are doing the opposite of what Jesus taught. They are delusional and hypocritical beyond belief. My life is completely devoid of these types of people. I feel badly for those caught up in this deceit.

    Well, you wonder why I always dress in black,
    Why you never see bright colors on my back,
    And why does my appearance seem to have a somber tone.
    Well, there’s a reason for the things that I have on.

    I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down,
    Livin’ in the hopeless, hungry side of town,
    I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime,
    But is there because he’s a victim of the times.

    I wear the black for those who never read,
    Or listened to the words that Jesus said,
    About the road to happiness through love and charity,
    Why, you’d think He’s talking straight to you and me.

    Well, we’re doin’ mighty fine, I do suppose,
    In our streak of lightnin’ cars and fancy clothes,
    But just so we’re reminded of the ones who are held back,
    Up front there ought ‘a be a Man In Black.

    I wear it for the sick and lonely old,
    For the reckless ones whose bad trip left them cold,
    I wear the black in mournin’ for the lives that could have been,
    Each week we lose a hundred fine young men.

    And, I wear it for the thousands who have died,
    Believen’ that the Lord was on their side,
    I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died,
    Believen’ that we all were on their side.

    Well, there’s things that never will be right I know,
    And things need changin’ everywhere you go,
    But ’til we start to make a move to make a few things right,
    You’ll never see me wear a suit of white.

    Ah, I’d love to wear a rainbow every day,
    And tell the world that everything’s OK,
    But I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back,
    ‘Till things are brighter, I’m the Man In Black

    – Johnny Cash

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  2. NoE

    Romans 13;1
    Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which is from God. The authorities that exist have been appointed by God.

    So…your god appointed Obama, too. What about that?????

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